ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator faces an ethics complaint after an e-mail said he wouldn’t meet with his election rival’s supporters.

Three Democrats requested an ethics panel hearing Thursday, accusing Sen. Scott Newman of breaking Senate rules and endangering its reputation.

The e-mail sent last week by Newman’s legislative assistant rejected a request to meet with nurses from the Minnesota Nurses Association, which endorsed his opponent. The message said Newman wouldn’t meet with groups that donated to or backed his rival.

The complaint signed by Sen. Sandy Pappas and two colleagues alleges that the e-mail was at Newman’s direction.

Newman has said the e-mail was a mistake and doesn’t reflect his policy on meetings. Senate GOP spokesman Michael Brodkorb says Newman wasn’t aware of the message but accepted responsibility and apologized.

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Comments (7)
  1. HERB says:

    Another arrogant Republican coward. He wrote it, it’s his policy. If he denies sending the e mail what do you suppose his action would be when something really important is at stake? Not of much service to his constituents or the state.

    A little honesty would be refreshing . . . sorry, I forgot, he sold his soul to the GOP “the party of half truths and deception”.

  2. Mark says:

    Herb, you’re an idiot. You cannot prove a single allegation in your post and you accuse him of half truths and deception? In your opinion he wrote the email. In your opinion he denies sending it. etc., etc. A little honesty on your part would be refreshing

  3. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    Well in the original story that was posted he declined further comment after he was asked why he would not meet with them. That would say right there that he knew about this and that he was aware it was sent. Therefore how is Herb an idiot? If he thought this would have got him in trouble why would he have not denied it then instead of saying “no comment”? Maybe accusations of people being “idiots should be reserved for the people it really applies to. An old saying comes to mind, “It is better to be thought of as an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”. May want to think about that one.

    1. Get a job says:

      Ignorance must be bliiss

      You can not have i name like that, and be a demoncrat. everything you spout is a lie or mistruth. When people say that you should educate yourself on a specific topic, they mean with facts. If you knew the facts you would be a republican.

      1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        Get a job
        Who said I am a Dem? If you knew anything you would not read into things and actually READ. No place in this post or any I have made on this site do I say I am or have anything to do with Dems. Try again and this time open your eyes.

  4. Doug says:

    Who cares. I wouldn’t meet and greet with a group that funded my opponent. I’d tell them to suck on it!

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